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Amber Alert Issued For 4-Month-Old After Mother Found Dead

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Zaylee Grace Fryar Zaylee Grace Fryar
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An Amber Alert has been issued by the TBI for a four-month-old infant after her mother's body was found in the Cumberland River.

Police are searching for four-month-old Zaylee Grace Fryar. She was last seen with her mother, Shauna Marie Fryar, on Sunday, May 1 at their home in Millersville.

At this point, investigators said everyone is a suspect until they can figure out if they're dealing with an accident or foul play. 

Millersville police have questioned Fryar's husband, Michael Fryar. He told NewsChannel 5 on Tuesday evening that he wants everyone to know that he was not involved in their disappearance.

"My son would never hurt anyone like that, and especially, they were friends," said Michael's father, Cliff.

Fryar, who is not Zaylee's father, told Millersville Police that he left their apartment around 9 p.m. Sunday, May 1, to go to the store. When he returned, his wife and Zaylee were gone, although her vehicle, cell phone, wallet and the child's diaper bag were still at the residence.

Michael Fryar and his family believe that's further proof someone took them against their will.

"We're still just in shock, but we trust God will keep the baby safe and bring her back," Cliff Fryar added.

Cliff  Fryar also said that Michael and Fryar separated years ago, but remained close friends who could always count on each other.

"You know, Mike wanted to help her out and give her a place to stay because she was more or less homeless," Cliff said.

On April 29, they moved into this Millersville mobile home park along with Zaylee. Neighbors remember when they arrived.

"They just moved in, they sat on their porch, walked their baby around, that's about it. They didn't really talk to nobody," said neighbor Rachel Dixon.

"She was love with life and in love with that baby. I mean that was her life that baby," Cliff added. 

On Tuesday, Metro police confirmed that the body found in the Cumberland River on Saturday night was Shauna Marie Fryar. Michael Fryar had reported her and Zaylee missing on Thursday, May 5.

The body was spotted by someone on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge who called 911 on Saturday night. Dive teams recovered the body.
Dive Team Discovers Body in Cumberland

Police said there was no trauma to her body that suggested the cause of death, which remains undetermined. Police have also not determined whether Shauna died before entering the water. An autopsy is underway.

Metro police have been checking the area around the Cumberland River for Zaylee with helicopters, though they said there is no evidence at this point that she is in the water.

"If we get more information then we may put boats in, but right now its just aerial and if it gets down to the point where we need to use divers we will," said Metro Police Lt. Steven Lewis.

Millersville police had originally issued an endangered child alert for Zaylee on Monday. It was upgraded on Tuesday after police identified Shauna's body.
Endangered Child Alert Issued For 4-Month-Old Girl

Detectives have confirmed that Fryar and the child were fine on Saturday, April 30, when they visited a relative in Pegram.

Zaylee has black hair and brown eyes and weighs 12 pounds. She also has a quarter size brown birthmark on her right leg.

Police said Fryar has a history of drug addiction, and that she may have been trying to obtain illegal drugs at around the time she was last seen.

In all, police said Fryar had seven children, including Zaylee, ranging in age from four months to 12-years who live with other relatives.

Zaylee's biological father was incarcerated in the Robertson County Jail at the time mother and daughter disappeared. He remains in jail on unrelated charges, and is not a suspect at this time.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Zaylee, please contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or Metro Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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